1. Standing behind the unit, depress the blade control handle and
hold it against the upper handle as shown in Figure 14.
2. Grasp the starter handle as shown and pull slowly until resistance
is felt, then pull rapidly to start engine and avoid kickback. Return it
slowly to the rope guide.
Rapid retraction of starter cord (kickback) will pull hand and arm
toward engine faster than you can let go. Broken bones, fractures,
bruises or sprains could result.
NOTE: If engine floods, wait a few minutes to restart.
tO stOp enGine
1. Release the blade control handle to stop the engine and blade.
Wait for the blade to stop completely before performing any work on
the mower or to remove the grass catcher.
USING YOUR LAWN MOWER
Be sure lawn is clear of stones, sticks, wire, or other objects which
could damage lawn mower or engine. Such objects could be
accidently thrown by the mower in any direction and cause serious
personal injury to the operator and others.
The operation of any lawn mower can result in foreign objects being
thrown into the eyes, which can damage your eyes severely. Always
wear safety glasses while operating the mower, or while performing
any adjustments or repairs on it.
USING AS MULCHER
For mulching grass, remove the side discharge chute (if equipped) or
the grass catcher (if equipped) and allow the rear discharge door (if
equipped) to close the rear opening of mower. For effective mulching,
do not cut wet grass. If the grass has been allowed to grow in excess
of four inches, mulching is not recommended. Use the grass catcher to
bag clippings instead.
USING GRASS CATCHER
You can use the grass catcher to collect clippings while you are
operating the mower.
Attach grass catcher following instructions in the "Assembly &
Set-Up" section. Grass clippings will automatically collect in bag
as you run mower. Operate mower till grass bag is full.
Stop engine completely by releasing the blade control. Make sure
that the unit has come to a complete stop.
Lift discharge door and pull grass bag up and away from the
mower to remove the bag. Dispose of the grass clippings and
reinstall the bag when complete.
If you strike a foreign object, stop the engine. Remove wire from the
spark plug, thoroughly inspect mower for any damage, and repair
damage before restarting and operating. Extensive vibration of
mower during operation is an indication of damage. The unit should
be promptly inspected and repaired.